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Meet the Northwest Horn Orchestra Composers and Arrangers

The Northwest Horn Orchestra is proud to take part in the creation of new original works and arrangements for large horn ensemble.


Charlie Gray - Our 2014 commissioned composer, Charlie Gray, has been Director of Jazz Studies at Portland State University since 1988. His compositions have been performed by universities across the United States including North Texas State, De Paul University, San Francisco State, the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Santa Barbara City College. Gray has also arranged and composed jazz pieces for many regional ensembles such as the Portland Jazz Composers Orchestra, the Carlton Jackson Dave Mills Big Band, and the Big Horn Brass. In 2009 he released a CD of his own compositions "Good Morning Geek" played by the Portland Jazz Orchestra.

Michael Johanson- Johanson, a Portland resident, has had his work performed internationally at the Ann Goodman Recital Hall in New York City, St. John’s Smith Square in London, England, the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in China, and the Thai National Theater Recital Hall in Bangkok. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Composition and Theory at Lewis and Clark College

Kevin Walczyk- Our 2012 commissioned composer is professor of composition at Western Oregon University. Last year he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in Music Composition. His compositions have been nationally sought after and awarded repeatedly. For the 2012 NWHO performance, he has written “Matinee Music” for 12 horns, percussion and rhythm section.

Brent Weaver- Professor of Theory and Composition at George Fox Univeristy. The NWHO commissioned Brent to write a piece for us in 2011. The result was his well-received and powerful “The Lion Sings” performed in 2011.


Dan Partridge, a Northwest native, lived and worked in New York City for ten years as a teacher, free-lance performer, and arranger before moving back to the Portland area in 2009. He currently works at Oregon Catholic Press, is a member of the Vancouver Symphony and Portland Columbia Symphony Orchestra, and teaches at Clark College in Vancouver. He arranged the reprise of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band for the 2012 concert, a rollicking medley of Pirate Tunes for the 2013 concert, and the Finale of Dvorak's Wind Serenade for this year's concert.

Brad Kintscher, a member of the Eugene Symphony, moved to Portland from Los Angeles where he worked as a free-lance horn player and arranger. Brad wrote an adaptation of Stan Kenton's arrangement of Ernesto Lecuono's Malaguena for our 2009 program. In 2010 he did an arrangement of music from the 1960 movie, The Magnificent Seven. This year he has written an arrangement of the Movie Theme Music from ET and an eight horn version of the Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber.

Dave Robertson was formerly a free-lance arranger and commercial composer in the Dallas area and has is now retired living on the Oregon Coast. His creations have been broadcast around the world. He was also a performer in Dallas area orchestras and played jazz and classical trombone with many of the old greats including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennet, Mel Torme, Tommy Dorsey Band. In 2009 he wrote an medley of music by Henry Mancini. In 2010 he did an arrangement of Debussyʼs “Nuages”. In 2011, he did the epic next Debussy installment, “Fetes”.


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January 12, 2015